Best Living Science Books

Reading stories that involve science can spark interest into projects, observation and experiments. Many books do a fantastic job of telling the history of science in a particular discipline. Here are some of our favorite science story books.

Man on the Moon (Picture Puffin Books) tells the story of the first moon landing. It's a great picture book for young children K through 3rd grade.

How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World tells what happens when a child digs a hole through the earth. Kids learn about the different layers and what the earth is made of through this entertaining picture book perfect for young children.

Stellaluna is a bat who has a run-in with an owl as a baby. She ends up being raised by birds and learning their habits until she is reunited with her mother.

Favorite Thornton Burgess Animal Stories Boxed Set (Sets)
Thornton Burgess wrote many story books about animals. In The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat, the Laughing Brook quit laughing because all the water disappeared. When the animals go on a quest to discover the cause they meet Paddy Beaver.

The Burgess Bird Book for Children
The Burgess Animal Book for Children
The Bird and Animal Book are slightly more difficult than Burgess's Animal Stories. These stories explore the relationships between animals and are more focused on specific animal groups.

Holling Clancy Holling SET of 5
Holling Clancy Holling's books entertain while children learn about science and geography. In Paddle to the Sea, an boy carves an Indian in an canoe and places it on a mountain top. When the snow melts the toy travels throughout the Great Lakes and Out through the St. Lawrence Sea Way. 
Minn of the Mississippi
Paddle to the Sea
Tree in the Trail

Quake!: Disaster in San Francisco, 1906 After the earthquake, Jacob is separated from his family. As he tries to find them he befriends a Chinese immigrant and learns how their lives differ.

The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library)  tells the story of chemistry from the first experimenters to how each of the elements was discovered.

Julie of the Wolves was an Alaskan girl who was lost in the tundra. Her only hope for survival was to befriend a pack of wolves and get their help to find her way.
Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)
Archimedes was an ancient Greek engineer who was interested in simple machines. He lived in the city of Syracuse and helped to defend his island during war.
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine (Living History Library) was an Ancient Roman doctor. He learned about internal organs by treating gladiators. Medical knowledge during Galen's time was very different than today.


More of our favorite books can be found on our Reading and Arts Page and our science projects and activities can be found on our Science Page.

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  1. We are doing a LONG unit study on Paddle to the Sea. I do plan to do some of Holling's other books when we are done.

  2. I love living book recommendations, especially science ones - thanks!
    We're just starting reading Russell Stanards' "Uncle Albert" series about relativity and quantum physics, they look like really good stories.

  3. The Clancy books are our favourite books too. Can't wait till N is a little older and able to enjoy them.
    I just bought the Burgess books second hand today. Glad to see a recommendation for them.

  4. I absolutely agree with your choices!

  5. I'm bookmarking this! I hope the library has at least some of these.

  6. Wonderful list, I have read a few of these but I will need to check out the others! I found this post through the Hip Homeschool Hop, This would be great for my Anything Goes link-up at my blog Joy Focused Learning .com.

  7. Thanks for sharing this list. Can't wait to check some of them out.

  8. Hi from HHH! Thank you for putting together this list! We loooooove reading and learning from books. We read, read, read every day. Some of these books will fit in nicely with our geography for kids year long study!


  9. Great book list! Thanks for sharing at After School!

  10. We love many of the books you listed. Great round up. Thanks for sharing at the After SChool Link Up.

  11. Thanks for link-up at Anything Goes! I featured this post at this week's link-up: :)

  12. What a great resource! I featured this as part of my science roundup at The Measured Mom today.


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